Europe’s Top 5 Luxury Shopping Destinations

MILAN

If you love to shop, Milan is one of the world’s great fashion centers, and offers experiences and goods for every taste, from Corso Buenos Aires, which has a higher ratio of stores per square foot than anywhere else in Europe, to the edgy street style of Corso di Porta Ticinese and upscale Via Montenapoleone, where there’s no limit on what you can spend. Milan is home to global fashion giants such as Armani, Prada, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Ermenegildo Zegna; behind them stands a host of less famous designers who help fill all those fabulous shops.

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PARIS

Paris’s legendary shopping destinations draw people from the world over—The Champs-Élysées and Rue St-Honoré are the ultimate shopaholic high—but perhaps a deeper allure lies in lesser-known attractions: the city harbors scores of hidden neighborhoods and shopping streets—some well traveled, others just emerging. Each has a distinct style that reflects the character of the particular quarter. At the outer edge of the Marais, Rue Oberkampf is well known among youthful fashionistas for its eclectic atmosphere and bohemian flavor. High-end jewelry and of-the-minute boutiques are clustered amid stylish wine bars and comfy cafés. Just around the corner from teeming Les Halles, Rues Étienne Marcel, du Jour, du Louvre, and Montmartre are jam-packed with big names (like Yohji Yamamoto and Agnès b), but it also boasts a multitude of smaller boutiques (such as Shine) that are popular with hip young Parisians. For more ideas, read Best Shopping in Paris.

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Globalization has made most goods available in Venice and items like Venetian glass widely available in major cities throughout the world. While the selection of Italian and Venetian made goods may be a bit better in Venice than at home, the prices may actually be lower in the United States, especially considering that U.S. retailers discount sale goods quite radically. Venetian antiques, especially antique Venetian glass, is almost invariably cheaper in other places, because Venetians are ready to pay high prices for their own heritage. So, before your trip, check the prices at home on what you may wish to buy abroad before you leave. Alluring shops abound in Venice. You’ll find countless vendors of trade­mark Venetian wares such as glass and lace. The authenticity of some goods can be suspect, but they’re often pleasing to the eye regardless of their place of origin. There are also some interesting craft and art studios, where you can find high-quality, one-of-a-kind articles, but Venice is a design center only for glass, lace, and high-end textiles. You will probably find a better choice of leather, clothing, and furnishings in other Italian cities.

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THE FRENCH RIVIERA

There is something about St-Tropez that makes shopping simply irresistible—unlike Cannes, you’ll be welcomed into the stores no matter what you look like or what you’re wearing. Rue Sibilli, behind Quai Suffren, is lined with all kinds of trendy boutiques, many carrying those all-important sunglasses. Tuck in behind here to Place de la Garonne for some extra-hip purchases.

Whether you’re window-shopping or splurging on that little Raf Simons number in the Dior window, you’ll find some of the best shopping outside Paris on the streets off La Croisette. For stores carrying designer names, try Rond-point Duboys-d’Angers off Rue Amouretti, Rue des Serbes, and Rue des Belges, all perpendicular to the waterfront. Rue d’Antibes is the town’s main shopping drag, home base to every kind of clothing and shoe shop, as well as mouthwatering candy, fabric, and home design stores. Rue Meynadier mixes trendy young clothes with high-end food specialties.

Nice’s main shopping street, Avenue Jean-Médecin, runs inland from Place Masséna; all needs and most tastes are catered to in its big department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Monoprix, and the split-level Étoile mall). The tramway, launched in late 2007, has made this mini–Champs-Elysées all the more accessible, so expect crowds on Saturday (the majority of shops are still closed on Sunday). Luxury boutiques, such as Emporio Armani, Kenzo, Chanel, and Sonia Rykiel, line Rue du Paradis, while Rue de France and the Old Town have more affordable offerings.

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London shopping trips incorporate everything from the world’s most exclusive designer stores – think the boutiques of Mayfair – to grabbing a bargain in a market stall on Brick Lane. For a global shopping break, London offers the best shops all in one city.

No shopping experience in London would be complete without a visit to Oxford Street, which has been London’s most famous shopping thoroughfare for over a century. It’s lined with flagship branches of major British brands, like Topshop, Marks and Spencers and Selfridges, and its Christmas lights are a major festive attraction in London.

header_harrods2013Nearby, Regent Street and Bond Strefeature exclusive designer stores, as well as Liberty, an iconic London department store founded in 1875. Nearby, the shops of Carnaby Street offer a string of boutique shops in an area that’s synonymous with the Swinging Sixties and iconic British fashion.

For upmarket shopping in chic surroundings, head to Knightsbridge, home to Harrods, Europe’s biggest department store. This enormous shopping landmark occupies over five acres of space with its many departments and opulent décor, offering the perfect shopping excursion all under one roof.

Which is your favourite shopping destination?

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Valamar Isabella Resort

            Valamar Isabella island resort is  one of our favorite places to stay while in Poreč, Croatia. The resort is located on the island Sveti Nikola, which can be easily accessible by a cute little boat. The island is pretty small (you can get around the whole island in about 25 minutes by foot) but that is what makes it special in our opinion.

This resort is perfect for anyone who is trying to relax and enjoy your time on holidays away from all the traffic and the crowds tourists. The island resort is surrounded with the Mediterranean greenery and the pine forest. you can choose between a sandy and a rocky beach, there are also two swimming pools. The view of the ocean is spectacular from any part of the island, you can also see the city of Poreč from one side of the island.

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            You can stay at the Valamar Isabella hotel****, Valamar isabella Miramare***** or Valamar Isabella castle. All of the above are super luxorious and you can expect an amazing experience staying and any of the above hotels. Our favorite is the Miramare, the one in the photo below.

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Feel like royalty in Valamar Isabella castle 🙂

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  There are many things you can do at the resort – enjoy water sports, play mini golf, volleyball, etc. There is disco and entertainment for kids as well, a gym and a  beauty center.  Overall this is the perfect resort for a relaxing vacation and we can’t wait do go back in the summer.

You can get more information here>> http://www.valamar.com/

Have you ever been in Croatia? Tell us in the comments below 🙂

Top 5 things to see in Vienna

Vienna is one of our favorite cities in Europe. It is just few hours away from my hometown so i have visited it many times but every time i go i still discover new things.

There are many places to visit and things to do. Here are our top 5 things you shouldn’t miss while visiting Vienna.

Get a coffee in the city center

First of all you should go to the center and grab a coffee and get the feel of the city and the people. That is my favorite things to do in every city i visit for the first time. The architecture is breathtaking and the whole city gives off a romantic vibe.

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Stephans platz

While you are in the centre go to Stephans platz, where you can see one of the most iconic buildings in Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral. It is one of the Austria’s most important landmarks and it is truly breathtaking. You can also climb the 343 steps up to the tower and enjoy the view of the city. Fun fact: Mozart was married in this church in 1782.

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Try the original Sacher cake

This is a must try, if you are in Vienna. You can try the original Sacher cake in Sacher Hotel. We are not the biggest Sacher cake fans, but the whole experience is amazing. The cake was invented by Franz Sacher in 1832, when the chef of the court of Prince Metternich had fallen ill just on the day prince ordered a new dessert for a special event. 16 years old trainee named Franz Sacher steped in and created a new dish. Today, Hotel Sacher sells about 360,000 sachertortes per year, so you know you have to try it 🙂

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The next thing that you must visit in Vienna is the flea market. The world’s largest open air market of food is present in Vienna and it is open from Monday to Saturday. It contains number of stalls and it also has the buckets which are full of tulips and pickles. The stalls also contain number of wines and plump and it is the market where you cannot stop from shopping. On Saturdays the market is famous to visit as it become the bargain market.

Kunsthistorisches Museum and park

If you like visiting museums, you should go to to Museumsquartier, which is the eighth largest cultural area in the world and is packed with Museums of all kinds. If you only have time for one, visit Kunsthistoriches museum (Museum of fine art) that has one of the best collections of art pieces in the world. The architecture of the building is amazing by itself.

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Schoenbrunn Palace and the gardens

Schoenbrunn is the former summer residence of the imperial family, and is one of Europe’s most impressive Baroque palaces. It has 1441 rooms, some of which you can visit.

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The park is so big that you can walk for hours. There is also the oldest zoo in the world at  Schoenbrunn, so make sure you take your time when you go visit.

There are many other things to see and do in Vienna, but we think these are ‘a must see’ even if you are just visiting for a short period of time. We can’t get enough of this city so we can’t wait to come back as soon as possible.

Have you ever been to Vienna? What is your favorite ‘must see’ spot?